Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can't see co-op partner in Area Zero - how to fix

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can't see co-op partner in Area Zero - how to fix

If you can't see your co-op partner in Area Zero in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, we have some tips that might help.

The Pokémon Scarlet and Violet co-op multiplayer feature is one of the coolest addition to the latest Pokémon title that allows you to group up with your friends and explore the world of Paldea together.

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But the problem is that when you go to Area Zero with your buddies, you would not be able to see each other. We don't know if it's a bug or intended, but we have discovered a workaround that would bring your invisible friends back.

Let's get right into it!

How to fix the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can't see co-op partner in Area Zero issue

So you have completed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet and now are looking to catch the Paradox Pokémon from Area Zero along with your friends. But once you reach Area Zero, not a single soul can be seen - except the Pokémon. No worries!

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We saw a lot of players posting their experiences on Reddit, and we’ve done our best to comb through them all to find the working solutions to this issue. So, here is how to fix the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can't see co-op partner in Area Zero issue:

  • First, communicate with your partner(s) and ask them all to assemble at a specific spot in Area Zero.
  • Then, one of you should lure any Pokémon over to the spot you guys are assembled.
  • Once the Pokémon comes to your spot, it is going to see all the possible targets at the spot, ending up loading all the players.

That's how you do it! The key is to encounter the same Pokémon at the same time. Just running into it with your partner(s) at the same time will also do the trick. As suggested by this Reddit user, throwing a Pokéball at the same time also seems to work.

Now you can go catch Paradox Pokémon with your friends. It is possible to catch the other-version-exclusive Pokémon by co-oping with someone who has the other version of the Pokémon game. But keep in mind that for the other-version Pokémon to spawn, that person has to be nearby.

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Why can't you see co-op partners in Area Zero in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

The reason why you can't see your co-op partner(s) in Area Zero is not clear. Either it is a bug or it is intended to be this way. The fact that you can make your co-op partner(s) visible using the above trick suggests that it is probably a bug.

Since the developers haven't addressed this yet, there is no way to know for sure. The new Pokémon titles are infamous for their bugs and performance issues such as the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet crashing issue, the corrupted save error and the 'you weren't able to join' error.

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So it wouldn't be surprising if the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet can't see co-op partner(s) in the Area Zero issue is another bug in the game code. The good news is that fixes are coming, so it's only a matter of time before these annoying bugs get fixed.